The price had us wavering about the venue at first, but it really is worth it. Most other AI resorts get you on up-charges and it ends up being more than you expected to pay anyway. The way we worked it was by telling our guests to stay at EPM from Thursday through Sunday-we had our travel agent working with us on a block rate and "advising" everyone to stay there for at least this amount of time. If they wanted to stay longer, great, if not, we recommended extending their stay at the Marriott Casa Magna in the Hotel Zone in Cancun (not an all inclusive). Several guests stayed at Casa Magna earlier in the week and then met the rest of us at EPM on Thursday am for an excursion. (16 of us went to Tulum and Playa Del Carmen) The other half of our guests who were only staying a few days just checked into EPM on Thursday and we all met for welcome cocktails on Thursday night. This way, everyone was there for the events of the wedding weekend but if they didn't want to spend the extra money to stay there longer than 3 nights, they could save a little by going somewhere else first.
It worked out in the end perfect for everyone, but EVERY single guest who left on Sunday made the comment about wishing they had stayed at least till Monday and were very jealous of the group that stayed a little longer.
We had the legal ceremony and only needed our passports and tourist cards given at the airport. We didn't need to send anything ahead of time other than a sheet of paper to fill out with our and our witnesses info....no birth certificate, divorce papers, etc. needed. It is a legal binding document recognized in 64(?-if I remember correctly) countries. Every state in Mexico is different but this was the most current in Quntana Roo. Your witnesses who you choose(4 of them) need to be there by the afternoon on Wednesday for a Saturday wedding to give their passport and tourist card info to your wedding coordinator. These will be the same people you put on the form, and they will be a part of your actual ceremony to sign the documents at that point. You literally give your thumbprint, sign 4 pages of documents and then your witnesses will need to sign each of the 4 pages. If you have music you're playing, you'll need 2 3 to 4 minute songs to play during this.
The blood taking is really not bad...we did it on the Tuesday before the wedding and had to pay the Dr. $200 cash in USD.
The Judge who was at the ceremony did not officiate the wedding, but watched and signed the documents. Nayeli, our WC actually officiated the ceremony (in English) and it was beautiful! When we came home, our court did not need a copy to register, they said it was a legal binding document. My Husband is retired from the Air Force so we needed to get me in the "system" with the government as his wife...we went to the Air Force base with the legal document-IN SPANISH, and it was not a problem. She put me in and made me an ID card on the spot! SUPER easy!
Now, we are from the US, so for us, this is what we needed to do. I would double check with your wedding coordinator and then your courts at home to see what they will need as well. Everything went so smooth, we thought "there must be more to this!" but there really wasn't.
Originally Posted by carleyUK
First off let me say how beautiful all of you look in the photos ive seen so far!! amazing.
Im looking to get married with my partner here in April 2013...got a few hesitations/queries though.
1.Symbolic or civil ? im so worried about messing up all the paperwork and the translations and blood work etc? do you think its easier to marry before and just have the "proper" party/ceremony there. is the symbolic ceremony much different to the civil ?
2.A few of my guests are complaining about the prices to stay here, is it possible to bring guests that arent on site to the wedding and does anyone know the cost implications of this ?
The resort is just so fantastic that i really dont want to change because of my guests but on the other hand i would like my nearest and dearest with me on my special day.
Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated
thank you x